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Connectivity Technology
Wired
Headphones Jack
2.5 mm, 3.5 mm
Item Weight
110 Grams



THX AAA Amplifier Technology

With THX’s patented feed-forward error correction topology, the AAA amps have low distortion, high power and a pure, uncolored sound. You’ll experience subtle details and shocking swings in your music effortlessly with the AAA amp in the Q3.


All-new DAC AK4462

Utilizing AKM’s new efficient AK4462 VELVET SOUND DAC with decoding support up to 768kHz/32-bit PCM and DSD512, the Q3 achieves excellent performance.


Powerful decoding XMOS XUF208 USB chip

The Q3 comes with the same XMOS XUF208 USB chip as found on FiiO’s flagship DAC/amplifier, allowing it to easily support decoding up to 768kHz/32bit PCM and DSD512.


Gain switches and bass boost

Short press the button to switch between low/high gain. Light on for high gain, light off for low gain

The purely hardware-based bass amplifier circuit can increase bass by up to 6dB without affecting the mids or treble.


Highly capable decoder

Dual crystal oscillators

Independent LPF circuit

Low noise volume adjustment


1800 mAh battery

The Q3’s high capacity battery is designed so that it will last as long as you need it to.

Connect to mobile phones: last for about 10 hours


Modern USB Type-C input interface

The USB Type-C ensures a more reliable and stable connection.

*USB-IF USB C compatibility certified


2.5/3.5/4.4mm headphone outputs

The Q3 provides both the 2.5mm and 4.4mm balanced outputs, as well as the 3.5mm single-ended output. No need for cumbersome adapters with the Q3- simply just plug in your headphones to the right output jack!

*Output priority is: 4.4 balanced=2.5 balanced>3.5 SE. If 4.4 and 2.5 balanced are connected at the same time, there is no output.


Unique RGB status lights

With the Q3, you can quickly identify sampling rates by simply taking a glance at the RGB lights

Green: DSD

Yellow: >48K

Blue: ≤48K

Features & details

Features

  • Utilizing AKM’s new efficient AK4462 VELVET SOUND DAC and XMOS XUF208 USB chip allowing it to easily support decoding up to 768kHz/32bit PCM and DSD512, the Q3 achieves excellent performance.
  • With THX’s patented feed-forward error correction topology, the AAA amps have low distortion, high power and a pure, uncolored sound. You’ll experience subtle details and shocking swings in your music effortlessly with the AAA amp in the Q3.
  • Multiple interfaces headphone jacks. The Q3 is equipped with 4.4mm/2.5mm balanced and 3.5mm single-ended outputs, allowing you to connect all kinds of headphones.Headphone output specifications (3.5mm headphone output port):150mW (16Ω, THD+N<1%, USB IN);160mW (32Ω, THD+N<1%, USB IN);19mW (300Ω, THD+N<1%, USB IN).Balanced headphone output specifications (2.5mm/4.4mm headphone output port):180mW (16Ω, THD+N<1%, USB IN);300mW (32Ω, THD+N<1%, USB IN);35mW (300Ω, THD+N<1%, USB IN)
  • USB Type-C input interface.USB-IF USB C compatibility certified: meets standard transmission interface specifications to ensure the compatibility of its USB solution
  • Thesycon official USB Audio driver: compliant with USB Audio 1.0 & 2.0 device class specifications. The Q3 can operate as a USB DAC when paired over USB with a computer. It can decode audio formats up to 384 kHz / 32-bit (PCM). No driver is needed for use with a Mac computer, while Windows will require a driver easily available from FiiO''s website.

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Q: i dont want to be stuck at a pc while i have my cd player on, i only want to boost the hea…

A: It has a gain button so it will amplify the volume if that’s what you’re after

William Overby | 9 months ago

Q: Is the included lightning to usb-c cable available separately ? I read somewhere that the …

A: Yes, it''s quite fragile, and I am not able to find a replacement for it. That''s actually t…

Piper | 6 months ago

Q: Cual tiene mejores especificaciones, el k5 pro o este?

A: Yo diría que mas bien depende del uso que le quieras dar. Ambos son DAC/AMPs, pero el K5 P…

Luis Cisneros Reyes | 8 months ago

Q: dice que puede decodificar a 768kHz/32bit, pero luego dice que usándolo como un DAC en la…

A: El aparato está diseñado principalmente para ser usado en dispositivos móviles (tableta, c…

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4.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
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Justin O
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great sound! Includes a Lightning (male) to USB-C (male) adapter!
Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2020
I purchased this specifically because my old portable DAC (Monoprice THX Portable) was cumbersome to use with my iPhone and was the last Micro-USB device in my travel kit. This allows me to finally ditch the micro cable, but also allows me to use a DAC/AMP without the... See more
I purchased this specifically because my old portable DAC (Monoprice THX Portable) was cumbersome to use with my iPhone and was the last Micro-USB device in my travel kit. This allows me to finally ditch the micro cable, but also allows me to use a DAC/AMP without the Apple Camera Connector dongle. I wanted a portable DAC/AMP that would allow me to play somewhat hard to drive headphones and reasonable volume levels and didn''t require a bunch of dongles, and this is it.

Connectivity

This comes with a (shockingly hard to find separately) Lightning (male) to USB-C (male) cable that is short, but works great. It also includes a USB-C to USB-C, USB-A to USB-C, and 3.5mm to 3.5mm. Basically, whatever you use you should be covered by what''s included. In terms of outputs you have a refreshing number that includes 2.5 mm, 3.5 mm, and 4.4 mm.

It also includes some rubber bands for strapping to a player / phone and a mesh carrying bag.

Sound Quality / Volume

I will admit that I do not have golden ears. I compared it to my previous THX and it sounds ... very similar. Both sound significantly better and go louder than the Apple lightning to 3.5mm dongle. They drove my Sennheiser HD660Ss way beyond comfortable listening territory and way into the realm of discomfort.

Overall

I purchased this so that I could while I''m away from my company''s office or home I can have a good listening experience. The amount of ports and cables make this a super versatile piece of tech that I can use with my iPhone or my Mac/PC ... and also pick headphones without needing to remember a bag of adapters. If you don''t expect it to sound like a massive desktop setup, I think you will be happy with using this as a portable DAC/AMP.

Complaints

I didn''t love the feel of the knob. I also think that the bass boost makes things sound muddier.
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Dustin Wood
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not sure this was for me.
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2021
With Apple now doing full Lossless, I went ahead and purchased this. But in my testing, I''m not sure anything is taking advantage of it. In Apple Music, you can force it to always play the hi res lossless files. It will give you a warning that extra hardware may be needed,... See more
With Apple now doing full Lossless, I went ahead and purchased this. But in my testing, I''m not sure anything is taking advantage of it. In Apple Music, you can force it to always play the hi res lossless files. It will give you a warning that extra hardware may be needed, which is what this thing should be. But plugged into my Macbook pro through the USB C connection, Apple music doesn''t indicate that it''s playing hi res. The light on my FiiO shows blue, which means it''s less than 48K. But when I plug my headphones directly into the Macbook, Apple Music then switches to Full Dolby. I''ve tried the DAC with my Android and brand new iPad pro, and the light on it has only shown blue.

I need to do some more testing, but it doesn''t seem any of my sources are passing through it at full quality.
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Shadow
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great mini amp dac that can power great headpones and give you 3 headphones jacks
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2021
This is the first portable amp that I bought so I don''t have a point of reference or anything to compare it to. I do like the accessories that come with it, however the main cable cannot be replaced easily since fiio does not sell replacement usb c to c cables.... See more
This is the first portable amp that I bought so I don''t have a point of reference or anything to compare it to.

I do like the accessories that come with it, however the main cable cannot be replaced easily since fiio does not sell replacement usb c to c cables. However any otg usb c to c cable works perfectly fine with this, you just need to find one that has two right angle bends to route the cable properly. But other than the cables, the rest of the cables are good along with the little carry bag.

The device itself is sleek and tiny, definitely smaller than the average smartphone, but not as tiny as those clip on mp3 players. Think of it size as similar to those thin metal battery packs that you can bundle up with your phone and you''ll realise how small it is.

The connection options are flexible. Usb c for things like your computer or laptop, connect any usb cable and your computer can recognise it as a sound device. For phones and iPhones it works too; just be sure to change the charge switch to off so your phone doesn''t try to steal its battery. However, using the 3.5mm input limits the output to the 2.5mm and 4.4mm output. If you don''t know what those are, only use the usb c as the input. However I wish the cable included was a bit more sturdy, since it''s the main cable used to connect your device. Or at the very least, offer a replacement cable online, the only usb c to c cable I see that they have only got strsight connectors instead of right angle connectors like whats included in the box.

For the headphones I use, I only have the "akg" samsung headphones, Grado Sr80e''s, SHP9500''s, and Sony WH-CH710N. Not the best headphones for testing, but I wasn''t going to buy more expensive headphones that would take proper advantage of a better dac amp.

Sound quality is hard to judge since my primary phone no longer has a headphone jack, so I had to use my tablet and my computer. The biggest difference is how loud I can crank my headphones. When plugged into the standard headphone jack, I can rarely get my headphones loud enough to make it uncomfortable. Now, this is a good thing for my hearing, but not the best for other stuff. With the amp, I can barely go to max without hurting my ears, which is great. Having extra headroom for volume means that I have more control over the audio of my devices. Of course the thing to remember is to make sure your audio source is at max volume and use the amp''s volume knob to fine tune your comfortable listening level.

As far as being a dac.. Its hard for me to tell. If I was blind folded and you went back and forth between plugging it into the jack vs the dac amp, there might be a difference I just cant hear. Maybe the sound is cleaner and wider or more defined, but I can''t hear it. This device is a much more effective amp.

One thing I couldn''t test was the 2.5mm and 4.4mm balanced ports since none of my headphones support that function and I wasn''t going to spend money on balanced headphones that rarely have the balanced cable with the headphones so that I would have to pay more money on top of the expensive headphones I already bought. Technically balanced output is better and more powerful, so there''s that.

All in all, is $150 too much for this thing? ......Sort of? You have to keep in mind that you can plug this into anything that supports usb audio, plus if you have the headphones that benefit from more power and a decent quality dac, I say get it. If you have headphones with balanced cables then you can try this to power them. But, if you just need to get your headphone jack back, getting a dongle is the easiest solution.
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Nick Coelho
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Awesome
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2020
This is the eqivilent to listen to music on a moonless night vs a full moon. The background is so silent it sounds great for full sized headphones. For IEMs get the Fiio BTR5. They can drive 300 ohm headphones, specifically Sennheiser HD 600.
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Marcus
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Recommended. Does what it promised well
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2021
It’s a very capable external sound card for phone and pc. If you have a windows laptop or pc and you are not satisfied with the sound quality out of your computer, then this Amp-DAC is a must have. The sound quality of this dac might not be top-tier but I believe it’s... See more
It’s a very capable external sound card for phone and pc. If you have a windows laptop or pc and you are not satisfied with the sound quality out of your computer, then this Amp-DAC is a must have. The sound quality of this dac might not be top-tier but I believe it’s pretty close to the best sound quality you can get out of your mobile devices. I use it with my Razer blade laptop because the sound card in the Razer blade is absolutely trash. The noise floor is too high on the Razer, and this little device completely eliminated the problem and improved the listening experience a lot. It definitely outputs much clearer signal than iPhone 11 Pro and MacBook Pro 16inch. I can hear more details in the songs on this ampdac compared to listening on my phone or laptop. I use the Shure SE846 IEM paired with the Fiio 3.5mm jack silver-plated copper cable. I wish to upgrade my cable to a 4mm one to try the 4mm balanced port on this device.
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Deusunve
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
I wanted to like the Q3. I really did… I did like it.
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2021
I really wanted to like the Q3 and I did at first. This was my first purchase of a headphone amp to go with my Fiio M6. After browsing several reviews online, I thought to give it a shot. It really is a gorgeous and nice sounding portable headphone amp. However, as one of... See more
I really wanted to like the Q3 and I did at first. This was my first purchase of a headphone amp to go with my Fiio M6. After browsing several reviews online, I thought to give it a shot. It really is a gorgeous and nice sounding portable headphone amp. However, as one of the reviewers I listened to said, the USB C port seemed to have issues when plugged in as a slight bump to the cable would reset the device and then the M6 would detect it again. This was happening during song play. I mostly use Poweramp with lossless CD ripped files. I tried different cables which seemed better constructed. The same issue of resetting still arose… Finally, I acquired a pair of Sennheiser HD6XX headphones with a 2.5mm balanced cable connection. While using these the Q3 only produced audio from the 4.4 connection after trying a few different outputs. I returned the Q3 for a replacement. Instead what I received was a Q3 boxed amp which upon opening appeared to be dirty and used. It wasn’t even the Q3 but model FQ12222. I was so frustrated upon seeing this, that I decided to return it to Amazon immediately. I write this because I have enjoyed using the Fiio products I purchased. But this experience leaves me feeling that they might not be worth having. There is room for improvement. I give it two stars because it worked as it should most of the time, but some issues needs to be fixed. Especially customer service.

Update 5/24/2021… I bought the Q3 again to compare with the ifi Hip DAC. I do like how the Q3 pairs with the Fiio M6. It sounds fantastic with IEMs. I do not have another Fiio DAP to compare this with. However I look forward to the M11 Plus soon. For the IEMs, I am using Fiio FD1s, ZST, ZSTx with it. I am favorable to the ZSTx for their frequency response and reproduction. Music sounds amazing! Using Poweramp app or Neutron app some EQ and effects settings are adjustable and can improve what you hear. But it is important to pair a good set of ear/headphones with it to get the most from listening. The Q3 can drive my Sennheiser HD 6xx cans. However, I prefer using the ifi Hip DAC with the Sennheisers and with my iPhone 12 as the sound is warmer and more full. So far I have been using the ddhifi USB-C cables and have had no problems yet. They fit snug in the sockets. Bumped it up from 2 to 3 stars.
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Slump
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good Sound...under-powered
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2020
Build, form factor, all what you’d expect. Using with my LCD2 Closed with 4.4mm balanced cable, I’m surprised how underpowered it is for THX. My NX4 gets louder with no gain. This unit, I have to put in high gain. I do like the sound better than the NX4, however. The low... See more
Build, form factor, all what you’d expect. Using with my LCD2 Closed with 4.4mm balanced cable, I’m surprised how underpowered it is for THX. My NX4 gets louder with no gain. This unit, I have to put in high gain. I do like the sound better than the NX4, however. The low end is punchier and cleaner. Overall separation is better. Lots of expectations when this came out. The more I use it the more I like it. I am curious how others with harder to drive headphones do with it. Anyway, overall, I just think FIiO hits a sweet spot with these.
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theRecipe
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Sounds amazing BUT
Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2021
So I plugged this into my iPhone 11 Pro, streamed some of the new Apple Music high resolution music into some Audio-Technica ATH-M50X headphones and fell in love. I only had about 20 minutes to listen to them as I had some other things to attend too. But like any... See more
So I plugged this into my iPhone 11 Pro, streamed some of the new Apple Music high resolution music into some Audio-Technica ATH-M50X headphones and fell in love. I only had about 20 minutes to listen to them as I had some other things to attend too. But like any adolescent adult I had to listen to it just one more time today. I plugged it in and…nothing. I mean yea there was music coming out of the iPhone speakers but none out of the headphones. After pushing, pulling and jiggling the usb-c side of the cable, it decided to work. That’s when I remembered some of the other reviews talking about the usb-c cable problem…so it is going back tomorrow. Too bad though because it is a very nice sounding DAC.
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horror
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
仕様を満たしていませんでした。
Reviewed in Japan on December 16, 2020
安い中華DAC (Sabaj Da5)の周辺リファインも済んだので、ここらで、同等機種 (一応、価格比較サイトとかに載るくらいにはメジャー)と比較しようと、購入。 Sabaj とI/Oは同じなので、入れ替えれば動作する(したのですが)、いかんせん音が… 高域が刺さるので、エージング不足かと、何日か、稼動状態で放置しました。 その後、高域はやや収まりましたが、なんとなく、音に薄皮一枚被っているような。 で、よくPlayer(Neutron Player)の表示を見たら32Bit出力のはずが、24Bitとなっています。...See more
安い中華DAC (Sabaj Da5)の周辺リファインも済んだので、ここらで、同等機種 (一応、価格比較サイトとかに載るくらいにはメジャー)と比較しようと、購入。 Sabaj とI/Oは同じなので、入れ替えれば動作する(したのですが)、いかんせん音が… 高域が刺さるので、エージング不足かと、何日か、稼動状態で放置しました。 その後、高域はやや収まりましたが、なんとなく、音に薄皮一枚被っているような。 で、よくPlayer(Neutron Player)の表示を見たら32Bit出力のはずが、24Bitとなっています。 こういうのは、原因の切り分けが大事なので、Neutron,Fiio(代理店)に問い合わせました。 両者とも、腰を上げるのが遅くて苦労しましたが、Neutron が提供した解析ツールを使いましたところ、 Fiio Q3 のXMOSの受けが24Bitであることを、Fiio 本社も認めました。 代理店は、今後ファームで直るか談判するといってましたが、販売店の方が「返品を」とのことで、 返品しました。 FiioはK3も同じ仕様だそうです。
安い中華DAC (Sabaj Da5)の周辺リファインも済んだので、ここらで、同等機種
(一応、価格比較サイトとかに載るくらいにはメジャー)と比較しようと、購入。
Sabaj とI/Oは同じなので、入れ替えれば動作する(したのですが)、いかんせん音が…
高域が刺さるので、エージング不足かと、何日か、稼動状態で放置しました。
その後、高域はやや収まりましたが、なんとなく、音に薄皮一枚被っているような。
で、よくPlayer(Neutron Player)の表示を見たら32Bit出力のはずが、24Bitとなっています。
こういうのは、原因の切り分けが大事なので、Neutron,Fiio(代理店)に問い合わせました。
両者とも、腰を上げるのが遅くて苦労しましたが、Neutron が提供した解析ツールを使いましたところ、
Fiio Q3 のXMOSの受けが24Bitであることを、Fiio 本社も認めました。

代理店は、今後ファームで直るか談判するといってましたが、販売店の方が「返品を」とのことで、
返品しました。

FiioはK3も同じ仕様だそうです。
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Mark Chisholm
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Clarity and Excellence - Minor Niggles
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2021
I bought this specifically to be used with a decent set of audiophile headphones - AKG over ear type - with a portable device as I wanted to use them where I work overseas. And I''ve had other Fiio stuff all of which has proved to be well made with high quality sound. I...See more
I bought this specifically to be used with a decent set of audiophile headphones - AKG over ear type - with a portable device as I wanted to use them where I work overseas. And I''ve had other Fiio stuff all of which has proved to be well made with high quality sound. I don''t fool myself into thinking that at 53 my ears are still bat like, nor do I buy into the HiFi audiophile extreme end where most of the lunatics should be wearing tinfoil hats. Nope, I wanted value for money, good sound and portability which this DAC does provide. So far I''ve used it with my Samsung mobile, Lenova tablet and a couple of laptops of varying vintage. In each case the ability to take the digital output and output analogue to my decent headphones is startling. The clarity and quality of sound is in stark contrast to using in ear buds direct from those devices. A massive improvement overall. I do subscribe to the HD music Amazon thing which probably helps as well. The actual unit is well made and has a high quality feel to it and has that premium look that goes some way to justifying the price. There is a niggle though. Basically the controls on the back. The power charge on/off button is tiny and there is no way of determining which side it should be slid to because I can''t see any labelling. You have to read the booklet and remember that which inevitably means at first you forget. The gain button is microscopic and hard to press if you have the cables fitted. Overall, probably the best value/bang for buck portable DAC I''ve found. Great sound quality and built for tolerable money in a very small package.
I bought this specifically to be used with a decent set of audiophile headphones - AKG over ear type - with a portable device as I wanted to use them where I work overseas.

And I''ve had other Fiio stuff all of which has proved to be well made with high quality sound. I don''t fool myself into thinking that at 53 my ears are still bat like, nor do I buy into the HiFi audiophile extreme end where most of the lunatics should be wearing tinfoil hats. Nope, I wanted value for money, good sound and portability which this DAC does provide.

So far I''ve used it with my Samsung mobile, Lenova tablet and a couple of laptops of varying vintage. In each case the ability to take the digital output and output analogue to my decent headphones is startling. The clarity and quality of sound is in stark contrast to using in ear buds direct from those devices. A massive improvement overall.

I do subscribe to the HD music Amazon thing which probably helps as well.

The actual unit is well made and has a high quality feel to it and has that premium look that goes some way to justifying the price.

There is a niggle though. Basically the controls on the back. The power charge on/off button is tiny and there is no way of determining which side it should be slid to because I can''t see any labelling. You have to read the booklet and remember that which inevitably means at first you forget.

The gain button is microscopic and hard to press if you have the cables fitted.

Overall, probably the best value/bang for buck portable DAC I''ve found. Great sound quality and built for tolerable money in a very small package.
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3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Disappointing , unfulfilled potential, or thx label made just too high of an expectation?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 5, 2020
Sounds good but almost indistinguishable from the btr5 except q3 has arguably better micro dynamics but on other hand has higher noise floor and you will hear noise through sensitive iems. not enough power at all it leaves alot to be desired. bass boost is absolute garbage...See more
Sounds good but almost indistinguishable from the btr5 except q3 has arguably better micro dynamics but on other hand has higher noise floor and you will hear noise through sensitive iems. not enough power at all it leaves alot to be desired. bass boost is absolute garbage and boosts right through to 1khz easy which in turn muddys whole track. Will click and pop when nothing being played. Good build and V pot. Basically get the btr5 or the quedlix 5k you''ll be happier
Sounds good but almost indistinguishable from the btr5 except q3 has arguably better micro dynamics but on other hand has higher noise floor and you will hear noise through sensitive iems. not enough power at all it leaves alot to be desired. bass boost is absolute garbage and boosts right through to 1khz easy which in turn muddys whole track. Will click and pop when nothing being played. Good build and V pot.

Basically get the btr5 or the quedlix 5k you''ll be happier
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4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Nice sounding DAC/amp
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 24, 2021
Wasn''t that happy with my iFi hipdac which I had been using for a while, so thought I''d try this instead. Very happy with the sound - much clearer and airy in the treble, and enough power (for me at least), even to drive my Sennheiser HD800s (300 ohm). If you prefer a...See more
Wasn''t that happy with my iFi hipdac which I had been using for a while, so thought I''d try this instead. Very happy with the sound - much clearer and airy in the treble, and enough power (for me at least), even to drive my Sennheiser HD800s (300 ohm). If you prefer a warmer sound with rolled off treble, then you might prefer the hipdac, but for me (with my aging ears), I find the more clean analytical sound of these much better. I was initially concerned that I could only use proprietary Fiio USB cables with this, but also happy to find it works with my Android phone using another USB-C OTG cable. Only tried with my Android phone so far (Samsung Note 10), but just wanted to say I think this is a much better sounding DAC/amp than the hipdac, and very good value for money. As for reliability, only time will tell...
Wasn''t that happy with my iFi hipdac which I had been using for a while, so thought I''d try this instead. Very happy with the sound - much clearer and airy in the treble, and enough power (for me at least), even to drive my Sennheiser HD800s (300 ohm). If you prefer a warmer sound with rolled off treble, then you might prefer the hipdac, but for me (with my aging ears), I find the more clean analytical sound of these much better.

I was initially concerned that I could only use proprietary Fiio USB cables with this, but also happy to find it works with my Android phone using another USB-C OTG cable.

Only tried with my Android phone so far (Samsung Note 10), but just wanted to say I think this is a much better sounding DAC/amp than the hipdac, and very good value for money. As for reliability, only time will tell...
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4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great - but not fully Apple compliant
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2021
Was torn between this and the iFi Hip Dac, but went for this FiiO model instead as - basically - I preferred the size and the look. When used with an iPhone 8 Max and TIDAL masters streaming MQA or hi-Res 24bit 44khz the sound quality is markedly improved - greater...See more
Was torn between this and the iFi Hip Dac, but went for this FiiO model instead as - basically - I preferred the size and the look. When used with an iPhone 8 Max and TIDAL masters streaming MQA or hi-Res 24bit 44khz the sound quality is markedly improved - greater definition, wider soundscape, and some real punch to the the vocals (try Lana Del Rey’s album ‘Chemtrails over the Country Club’) The volume control is a delight - weighty with good resistance. The downsides are that the device and the cables are NOT fully Apple compatible. You HAVE to use the flimsy little interconnect supplied (USB-C to Lightening) in order for it to work. I’ve also bought a UGREEN lightening to Female USB-A OTG (camera) cable and a short USB-A to USB-c interconnect that does the same job. So there’s a workaround but it’s annoyingly inelegant... Other than that, love it.
Was torn between this and the iFi Hip Dac, but went for this FiiO model instead as - basically - I preferred the size and the look. When used with an iPhone 8 Max and TIDAL masters streaming MQA or hi-Res 24bit 44khz the sound quality is markedly improved - greater definition, wider soundscape, and some real punch to the the vocals (try Lana Del Rey’s album ‘Chemtrails over the Country Club’) The volume control is a delight - weighty with good resistance.

The downsides are that the device and the cables are NOT fully Apple compatible. You HAVE to use the flimsy little interconnect supplied (USB-C to Lightening) in order for it to work. I’ve also bought a UGREEN lightening to Female USB-A OTG (camera) cable and a short USB-A to USB-c interconnect that does the same job. So there’s a workaround but it’s annoyingly inelegant...

Other than that, love it.
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